Video game sparks violence
A fight over a video game on Thursday led to fisticuffs between two residents.
The men, ages 39 and 41, were playing a video game about 4 p.m. at a residence in the 7200 block of Larme when they began to argue. The 41-year-old headbutted the 39-year-old in the face; the 39-year-old then struck the other man in the forehead with a closed fist.
The 41-year-old suffered a minor abrasion to the right side of his forehead.
Oil shop’s cash drained
About $200 was missing Tuesday from a cash drawer at Valvoline Instant Oil Change, 15001 Southfield Road.
The rear business door was discovered open shortly after 11:30 p.m after officers responded to an alarm there.
The east window was broken and a large rock was found inside the building.
Television stolen from truck
A 19-inch television was stolen between 2 p.m. March 26 and 8 p.m. March 27 from a a 2000 Volvo tractor at Liberty Trucking, 10421 E. Ford Road.
The driver’s-side window of the truck was broken by a hammer that was found lying in the seat.
A 3-foot scratch was made overnight March 27 on the rear door of a 2009 Chrysler Town & Country in the 22000 block of Lawrence.
It was parked in a driveway with its back end toward the sidewalk.
Identity theft nets tax refund
A South Telegraph resident said she was contacted Monday by the Internal Revenue Service that a refund of $3,000 was being issued to her Social Security number.
She told police she receives Supplemental Security Income, doesn’t file federal taxes and has had problems with identity theft in the past.
Thieves steal identity, open phone account
A Farmington resident told police Monday that an account was opened in August 2010 with a telephone company using his personal information.
The man told police the account was started by someone who lives in the 8000 block of Dale. He said the problems started after his car was stolen with his wallet inside.
Woman robbed outside bank
A man stole about $8,200 in cash deposits about 8 p.m Friday from a woman outside Bank of America, 24120 Ford Road.
The victim, who works for Approved Cash Advance, 27200 Cherry HIll, was making her nightly deposit when she was approached by a tall man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. Police said he came to the driver’s side of her vehicle after she got out, shoved her up against a wall and took the cash. The deposit also contained a personal check for over $500.
A janitor working at the bank didn’t see the incident, and it was unclear at press time if security cameras caught images of the incident. The victim told police she usually takes the same route to do her deposits.
Visit to neighbor proves costly
A 5-gallon jug full of change was taken Monday from a house in the 1000 block of Southfield Road.
The resident said he been at a neighbor’s house for about 15 minutes and returned about 11:30 a.m. to find the jug and a blue lunch cooler missing.
The jug contained about $400.
House robbed during hospital stay
Nearly $900 worth of computer equipment was taken March 25 from a house in the 1400 block of Ferris.
The resident said she had been at the hospital, and that her daughter discovered the items missing upon returning from school.
The items included a computer tower valued at $549, a $250 monitor and a $60 printer.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry.
Man stabbed in mobile home
A 37-year-old resident was stabbed about 9 p.m. March 23 inside a mobile home in the 18600 block of Dix.
Police said the victim allegedly entered the mobile home of his alleged attacker without permission from the residents, his friend, a 36-year-old Melvindale man, and that man’s 23-year-old girlfriend. The two men then allegedly began fighting when the woman stabbed the victim with a steak knife.
The victim suffered stab wounds to the front of both his legs and the back of his left leg. He was transported to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center.
The mobile home residents were arrested.
Bar brawler breaks door
A man who had been involved in a fight punched the glass out of a door shortly before midnight March 25 after being asked to leave Slip Mahoney’s, 18480 Fort St.
The manager said she did not see the man break the glass, but heard it shatter as he was leaving.
The man, who the manager knew as “Jeremy,” then left in a Ford Ranger. The man is in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a Hurley baseball cap.
A license plate number that bar patrons wrote down was registered to a Dodge Dakota in Riverview. A records check turned up a driver’s license picture that the manager said was not the man who had been in the bar.
Furniture, tools disappear from yard
Iron chairs, copper wire and a drill were taken overnight March 25 from a yard in the 12900 block of Kerr.
The items had been stored out of sight in the backyard but were not locked up. The chairs were valued at $100, as was the wire, and the drill was valued at $200.
Store visitor walks out with computer
A man walked out with a $600 laptop computer just after 6 p.m. Tuesday at 14 K Gold & Coins, 14156 Eureka Road.
An employee had been waiting on another customer and saw the man walk over to a shelf, remove the computer, conceal it under his jacket and leave the store before the employee could stop him.
The theft was caught on surveillance video, which will be turned over to detectives.
Thief leaves bike, takes car
A 1997 Mercury Tracer was taken sometime between March 23 and 9 a.m. March 25 from Southgate Co-op Apartments, 11255 Allen Road.
A black and green bicycle was found near the car in the parking lot. Police believe the bike was left by the car thief and impounded it as evidence.
Truck relieved of goods
A laptop computer and a circular saw were stolen last week from a truck parked at a business at 21000 Pennsylvania Road.
A man parked the truck in a lot about 3:10 p.m. and returned at 3:30 to find that the passenger-side window was broken out and the items were missing.
Electronics taken from vehicle
A Global Positioning System unit, an MP3 player and miscellaneous power cords were taken overnight March 24 from a vehicle in the 9400 block of William.
The vehicle was undamaged.
Play structure broken
Playground equipment was broken recently at Blair Moody Elementary School, 8280 Hipp.
Between 6 p.m. March 18 and 8 a.m. March 21, plastic tubing forming a tunnel between two play structures was broken on the bottom, creating sharp edges and requiring that it be removed and replaced.
A portable toilet was discovered missing about 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Trenton Cultural Center, 2427 West Road.
The unit, last seen about a week ago, is leased by the city and is valued at about $1,500.
‘Relaxed’ boy hospitalized
A 17-year-old resident was hospitalized Tuesday after allegedly taking muscle relaxers and falling to the ground in the 3100 block of Middlefield.
Police were called about 6:45 p.m. to the 2800 block of Groh on word that a possibly intoxicated boy was walking in the street and while en route were told that he now was on a lawn on Middlefield.
An officer recognized the boy, who was sitting up but appeared to be shaking and whose speech was slurred. The boy said he had drunk alcoholic beverages earlier and was assisted by officers to a patrol car.
Once there police searched him and found pill bottle containing five muscle-relaxing pills. They also found a small plastic bag that contained 4.2 grams of marijuana.
The boy admitted to taking five or six of the pills and was taken by firefighters to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center.
Man dodges police in complex
A man escaped police March 25 after apparently abandoning a stolen car in the Nottingham Knolls apartment complex, 3649 Van Horn Road.
An officer on patrol about 11 a.m. checked the license plate number of a blue Pontiac Vibe parked across from the complex swimming pool on the north side of the property and found it had been reported stolen from Van Buren Township. Another officer arrived for backup and saw a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt near Van Horn and Garden Road take off running north toward another apartment complex after spotting the patrol car.
Officers searched the area for the man but were unsuccessful, but found a black leather case near the Pontiac’s center console containing three used syringes and a silver spoon bearing white residue.
A maintenance worker at Nottingham Knolls said he might know who the driver of the empty car was, that the driver’s girlfriend lived in the complex and that the worker had seen the man drive the car into the complex the day before. The worker’s description of the man matched that of the man police saw running away.
A woman called police to say that the man was in the Twin Meadows complex north of Van Horn, but a police search of several locations on that property proved futile.
A computer check of the man’s name, which was provided to police by the worker after a quick phone call, showed a 30-year-old Belleville resident with two outstanding warrants out of Riverview.
Pets die in fire
A fire in the 890 block of Lincoln claimed the lives of three family pets just after 9 a.m. March 25.
No people were injured in the blaze, but two cats and a dog died when they were unable to get out of the house.
Another three cats were saved. The house’s two occupants were outside when officers and firefighters arrived.
The fire was contained primarily in the kitchen and was believed to have been started by a toaster residents said had been “acting up.”
(Compilied by Daniel Heraty, Andrea Poteet and Tom Tigani.)